The Real Housewives of New Jersey, otherwise known as the Teresa Giudice and Friends Show, has given so much to pop culture. Tre’s table flip. The world’s most dramatic christening, thanks to Joe Gorga. Caroline Manzo’s “family is thick as thieves” quote. Sprinkle cookies. And, most recently, Gia Giudice’s dramatic song about her parents feuding with the Gorgas getting the viral TikTok treatment.
For months, people have been “waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things” on the app. The song is the perfect sound to describe feeling like your life’s a mess. Even though my personal fav Gia song is Milania Giudice’s 5th birthday bop. “First you were one, then you were two.” Arguably more iconic than Melissa Gorga’s “On Display”.
And while Tre and Joe Giudice haven’t been the best at handling their finances in the past, this family knows how to make money. Tre and Tarzan went from Sizzle Tan ads to Instagram swipe-ups and book deals. Hell, half of the Giudice girls have Cameo profiles of their own so fans can receive personalized videos. They’ve gotta fund Tre’s pineapple addiction and fabulicious lifestyle somehow. And that somehow is through sponsored posts. You gotta respect the hustle.
Even though family has been a central theme to the Real H0usewives of New Jersey since Season 1, that doesn’t mean cast members old and new always have their kin’s back. Teresa Giudice, Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga have sure gone through their fair share of arguments before getting to the positive and relatively peaceful place they are today. Prior to that, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita’s relationships were tested on the show, despite their proclamations that they’re “thick as thieves.”
Even though it’s been several seasons since Dina, and Caroline for that matter, have appeared on RHONJ, their life has been filled with more drama than when they were on the show. Dina has a new husband, David Cantin, and is living a namaste lifestyle in Malibu. However, her revengeful ex-husband, Tommy Manzo, apparently doesn’t want to see her live her happily ever after.
Before the Real Housewives of New Jersey was totally the Teresa Giudice and family show, it was all about the Manzos. Estranged sisters Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo are OGs. They talked about bubbies, hosted family dinners with Tre and Jaqueline Laurita and they were so “thick as thieves” that they were married to brothers, Albert Manzo and Tommy Manzo. But like Tommy and Dina’s marriage, the sisters’ relationship has been on the rocks for years. While Tre is the queen of RHONJ. No matter what “fans” like Jackie Goldschneider have to say, the Manzo/Laurita family drama did make the old days of the show.
Even though Dina left the sho (aka was frightened off by Danielle Staub) after the first season, her life has become a TV show all its own. Maybe more like The Sopranos this time. Despite Albie’s denial, Tommy seemingly has been using his mob ties to attack Dina and her newest husband David Cantin. Dina’s life is so peace and love if you follow her on Instagram, so it’s shocking and disturbing to see the turn this has taken.
The most recent episode of the Real Housewives Of New Jersey brought us back to the good old days. Teresa Giudice got into a fight with Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga because she was defending her ex Joe Giudice. Yeah, the one who got her thrown in jail, “allegedly” cheated on her and put her down time and time again. Tre’s logic has never really made sense, as she always expects twice the amount of loyalty from her brother than she gives to them.
The episode brought us back to the Lake George family retreat days. Joe Gorga screamed and banged his fists on the table, blaming Juicy Joe for putting his mother in an early grave. Melissa threw a cheese plate out of anger towards Teresa, which she immediately cleaned up mid-fight. And Tre just sat there in shock. Except unlike the old days, they all were able to quickly make up. Thankfully, because we all know Joey would hate to see his sister fight with his wife to get back to the sprinkle cookies level ever again.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey fans have seen so many changes in Teresa Giudice’s family. During Season 1, she had three daughters, Gia Giudice, Gabriella Giudice, and Milania Giudice. After that, we saw her give birth to Audriana Giudice during the Season 2 premiere.
She went from gushing over husband “Juicy” Joe Giudice to completing separate jail stints and blaming him for losing time with her mother before she passed away. In the midst of Joe’s deportation drama, the Giudices decided to divorce. In 2020, Teresa’s father Giacinto Gorga, aka Nonno, passed away. And, now, Teresa is a single lady… well she was. She’s actually in a new relationship with Luis “Louis” Ruelas and she’s actually thanking her parents for her new man.
Ever since Joe Giudice lost his deportation appeal in April of 2020, he has been hustling to make a buck. He has been residing in Italy since 2019. Joe is estranged from his wife, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice. The couple shares four daughters: Gia Giudice, Gabriella Giudice, Milania Giudice, and Audriana Giudice. RHONJ viewers have watched the girls grow up before our eyes.
While Joe may be far from the RHONJ cameras, he is still working in the entertainment realm. Joe announced that he has a cooking show in the works, as well as a podcast. Joe is even participating in a celebrity boxing match in the Bahamas on October 24. And, of course, Joe is also selling very expensive vibrators. Wow. Just…wow.
It’s been a busy year for Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Joe Giudice. Despite having his final deportation appeal denied, he seems to be thriving in Italy. I don’t think anyone really wanted to see the break up of his family, even if he wasn’t the best husband to Teresa Giudice. But it seems that both of their lives have moved on and both of them are doing well.
So how is Joe staying busy? He recently signed a deal to be in a celebrity boxing match. It sounds like a good fit for him after showing off all his moved on his Instagram. Joe has also decided he’s going to sell vibrators. Yes, you heard me right. In case you missed it, we reported that Joe has partnered up with a sex toy company to peddle said vibrators. And why not? Get those coins, Joe! Finally, Juicy is starting his own podcast, which is kind of funny. Especially since Joe is a man of so few words.
Real Housewives of New Jersey fans learned the sad news that Giacinto Gorga, the father of Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga, passed away on April 3. It was clear that Giacinto, known as “Nonno,” had struggled with health issues recently. Both Melissa Gorga, and Teresa had asked fans to pray for the beloved patriarch of the Gorga family.
Nonno was a part of RHONJ from the very beginning. Nonno loved being in the kitchen. He could boil an octopus like nobody’s business, and I loved seeing him cook with his granddaughters. Ever since the death of Nonno’s wife, Antonia, Nonno had been living with Teresa and her four daughters. He was a huge part of their lives, and a support during Joe Giudice’s incarceration and deportation woes.